Massachusetts

Carbon Pricing Legislation

The carbon pollution pricing bill, H.2810, was co-sponsored by a majority of Representatives. It establishes a mechanism to set a fair price on the damage caused to our health and our climate by fossil fuel emissions from use in buildings and from transportation. Seventy percent of the fee assessed will be rebated back to residents and businesses, with extra going to low and moderate income households and to residents in rural areas. Thirty percent will be put into a Green Infrastructure Fund (GIF) that will be available to municipalities for funding of climate mitigation projects and other “green” initiatives.

TAKE ACTION

The House members of the Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy (TUE) Committee extended the deadline for their report on H.2810 until June 4th. We want the bill reported favorably out of the committee as soon as possible. We are still asking Representatives in the House to reach out to the TUE Committee Chair Rep Thomas Golden about our support for the bill. We also ask that you reach out to constituents in other parts of the state, where there may not be a strong climate voice, to contact their Representatives. Here is a sample email and call script.

Ask local businesses to pledge support for carbon pricing.

Ask local officials to sign this letter to Governor Baker and the State House leaders about supporting H.2810.

Resources on H.2810:

Full text of bill

Here is an overview of H.2810.

Here is information on the environmental justice aspects of the bill and a deeper dive into the financial impact of the bill.

Here is the case for businesses supporting carbon pricing legislation.

Some say that the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) will take care of pricing the transportation sector, but H.2810 will reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sooner, includes the heating sector as well and was written so that it compliments TCI. 

  • The Transportation Climate Initiative is a multi-state agreement being worked out by the governors of New England and Mid-Atlantic states. It’s a carbon price on transportation that is compatible with H.2810, but our legislators might need to understand how. Here’s a great flier explaining this

Rep Jen Benson, who filed H.2810, passed the baton when she left the legislature in January 2020. The new sponsor is Rep Driscoll (Milton). 


Thank you for the help so many of you gave to H.2810, the carbon pollution fee and dividend bill.

With our allies, we created a buzz in the State House on January 14. Forty Mothers Out Front members and friends showed up for the hearing before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) and lobbying with our allies. Our Mothers panel made the environmental justice provisions in the bill vivid with personal stories by Connie Dawson, Agnieszka Rytych-Foster, and Sue Swanson. See the video here! 

Also, about 40 Mothers Out Front members submitted personal written testimony that you can read here.


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